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« on: November 05, 2018 01:36:46 PM »



I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out a cute costume that would work with my 5 year old’s wheelchair (he doesn't understand the concept of Halloween or a costume, hence me being the one to make the decision rather than him). I finally came up with the idea of an aviator costume complete with an airplane. My husband came up with a design and managed to create an amazing plane, complete with a spinnable propeller! I was extremely skeptical when he said he was going to make it without wings for practical purposes (ie. entering through doorways) and utterly impressed when after seeing the design I realized that he not only managed it, but I didn’t even notice the lack of wings!

The airplane body is made from a trash can and the details and framework are made from pvc piping. My husband did the designing, cutting, and painting and I helped put it all together.


Side view before the shark face


Front view before the shark face

 
The supporting framework (please excuse the messy shop in these pics!)

Once the ‘plane’ was created, I worked on the face. I decided to spray paint some butcher paper and cut the face out of it. I used satin spray paint because I wanted the face to be matte like the plane body. I used my Silhouette software to design the shark face and the machine to cut it out (no easy feat because for whatever reason, anytime I have a project with a time crunch I run into issue upon issue with my silhouette machine, bleh!). Once I finally got it cut out, I used Elmer’s spray adhesive to attach the face.  


Right side view


Front/left side view

As for the rest of the costume, I purchased the jacket, scarf, and aviator beanie from Amazon.


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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018 01:44:45 PM »

Now, that is one impressive costume!  I'd never thought about it before, but a wheelchair frame does provide all sorts of interesting customization possibilities.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018 01:49:30 PM »

Amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018 03:24:38 PM »

This is soooo dang cool! And that has got to be the happiest fighter pilot I've ever seen!
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018 09:05:34 PM »

Awwww! This is so darn cute! He's a keeper for sure!
And the plane looks super cool! Love that it was a family project!
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018 05:28:15 AM »

get outta here with the cuteness!!!  Oh my goodness I just melted into a big ole gooey pile!
Super cute and great teamwork between you and hubs!
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018 07:20:57 AM »

Ooh, excellent work all three of you!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2018 08:02:31 AM »

That is fab!  And honestly, I wouldn't have noticed there were no wings if you hadn't mentioned it - the overall effect is so good.
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2018 08:18:52 AM »

Very clever and cool. He looks really happy with this costume, nice job!
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2018 01:39:26 PM »

Thank you, everyone! He’s a little sweetheart Smiley.


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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2018 08:08:36 AM »

Woohoo!  Thanks for entering the DIY costume contest!

Voting is now open!  Hop over to the main challenge thread and cast your vote for your favorite entry.  Feel free to invite friends, family, coworkers, etc. to vote as well.  Each member can vote just once, but you can invite as many people as you'd like! Smiley 
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2018 09:55:04 AM »

Today is the last day to vote for your favorite costume entry!  If you haven't already done so, hop over to the craft challenge thread and select your favorite project in the voting poll! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2018 04:23:20 PM »

Wow,  Summer, this is incredible! You sure have one adorable Av-iator! Props to you and your hubby!
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2018 11:58:08 AM »

Wow,  Summer, this is incredible! You sure have one adorable Av-iator! Props to you and your hubby!
Thank you, Laura! Av had a good time on Halloween and his costume was a hit!


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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2019 10:23:26 PM »

It turned out great!
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2019 09:51:06 AM »

 This is so amazing. I love it! Using the trash can was so inventive. He looks so happy and I bet her got tons of comments about how cool his costume was.
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2019 04:34:23 PM »

Thank you! His costume was well liked by all, the only problem is trying to figure out something just as fun for next year!
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